Latin American cooking and a top shelf name? Paddington's newest restaurant, Tequila Mockingbird, already ticks multiple boxes for us.
Opening this week on Heeley Street in Paddington, this cheeky bird is the brainchild of ex-Sake staffer Michael Fegent, who's thrown his lot in with Riley Street Garage chef Regan Portenous. Together, they've nicked all the best dishes from Mexico to Argentina — along with a healthy assortment of spirits to wash them all down.
The menu at the 110-seat eatery is a seasonal affair, and is split into a number of distinctive sections. In the 'raw' section you'll find ceviche tacos and kangaroo tartare nachos, while the standout of the 'street' section looks to be the alpaca and mozzarella empanada. Just make sure you leave ample room for something from the chargrilled 'flame' section, be it barbecue lamb shoulder with red chimichurri, or dry aged rib eye with garlic jalapeno butter.
Of course, with a name like Tequila Mockingbird, you know that booze will be a big part of the equation too. Their drinks list begins with a glossary of tequila terminology, in order to help newbies feel at home. In total they offer more than 40 different tequilas and mezcals, along with a dozen signature cocktails and a massive selection of wines.